Now is the time to “lock up” your summer concert plans! Introducing the Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival, a one-of-a-kind destination event that presents attendees with the experience of a lifetime: non-stop live music from 30+ bands on two stages and a tattoo festival inside of one of the country’s most infamous abandoned locations, plus so much more. The inaugural Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival will take place on July 13, 14 and 15 in Mansfield, Ohio at the eerie, enormous Historic Ohio State Reformatory (100 Reformatory Rd.). This massive, awe-inspiring locale is recognized primarily as not only one of the most haunted buildings in the country, but also as the filming location for the 1994 cinematic classic, The Shawshank Redemption, starring Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.
There was a point sometime in the summer of 2004 when I heard a track called “Nobody” for the first time. Having not been familiar (to that point) with Skindred’s mashup of reggae, hip-hop, and metal, there was a certain measure of both familarity (I grew up listening to rap-metal hybrids) and innovation in my eyes – while bands like Candiria and Bad Brains had worked similar styles before, there was something truly unique about what Skindred was doing on their debut album, Babylon.
Fast forward to 2017 and 5 more full-lengths later, and Skindred is now a proven veteran band who are continually releasing quality material – especially their most recent album, Volume. Continually pushing the envelope with their genre fusion, they seem to get better with time. Our French correspondent Thomas was able to catch up with Dan and Benji of Skindred live at Hellfest, where they discussed a litany of subjects. You can check out the full audio below.
It’s always cool seeing your friend’s band or even just a known local band open for big acts but what’s cooler than that? When they get to play the main stage at Vans Warped Tour. One Charlotte band is doing just this.